Carol Patterson, MA

Adjunct Instructor Department of Health Behavior
Senior Research Specialist UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Associate Director, Methodology Core Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center, UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center

T:(919) 966-0878

3300 Thurston Building

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Carol Patterson is a senior research specialist for the 25-year and ongoing Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project. She also serves as associate director of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC) Methodology Core at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

Ms. Patterson has more than two decades of experience in health-related project management with projects in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, health behavior interventions, youth tobacco prevention, and breast cancer and genetic testing. Her research experience includes both qualitative and quantitative methods.

She was co-director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's first Obesity Prevention Course for public health professionals in the United States working in nutrition and physical activity. As associate director for the Methodology Core, she actively facilitates research collaborations among diverse disciplines to advance the osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal research missions.

Research Activities

Arthritis and disability
Community-based participatory research
Environmental impacts on health
Health behavior change
Rural health
Tobacco cessation and prevention
Women's health

Staff/Administrative Duties

Advise students on special projects
Collaborate on research with faculty
Guest lecture in health behavior courses


MA, Clinical Psychology, Appalachian State University, 1985